Pearl Jam Play 200 Minute Marathon in Oakland
Clocking in at almost exactly three hours and twenty minutes, Pearl Jam played their longest show of the tour last night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. While this isn’t the band’s longest show (they played a 41-song, three hour and 35 minute show to close down Philadelphia’s Spectrum in 2009), it certainly ranks as one of the longest.
Kicking things off with their usual opener, “Pendulum,” the band moved through popular cuts “Nothingman,” “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town” and “Why Go” to energize the crowd. Newer songs “Lightning Bolt” and “Mind Your Manners” continue to grow in the live setting, with the title track seemingly getting louder each time the band plays it. “Faithfull” was played for a fan who says she was robbed upon traveling to the venue, only for her belongings to be returned thanks to concertgoers who helped her retrieve her lost items.
The main set closed with a trio of rockers—“Down,” “State of Love and Trust” and “Better Man” before the Pearl Jam frontman came out to pay tribute to Lou Reed with Velvet Underground’s “After Hours.” During “Last Kiss,” the group retreated to the back portion of the stage and played to a riser full of kids from The Bridge School, whose benefit concert Vedder along with Pearl Jam have performed at over the years.
The bustout of the evening came in the form of “Thin Air,” the first since 2008. The Binaural track hasn’t been played in bulk in several years, along with most other songs from Pearl Jam’s more experimental album. The popular “Given to Fly” preceded “MFC” and the rare “Big Wave” before the band brought out X guitarist John Doe to sing his own song, “New World,” a debut for the tour.
Bassist Jeff Ament took to electric guitar for the cut “Smile,” before the band closed their monster show with “Black,” “Alive,” “Indifference” along with the Neil Young cover of “Fuckin’ Up.” Pearl Jam’s tour continues Friday night as the band moves closer to home with a show at Portland, OR’s Moda Center before they venture into their home state of Washington with a show at Spokane Arena.
Check out photos from the show last night over on Relix.com.
Here’s a look at the full setlist from last night:
November 26, 2013
Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Mind Your Manners
Let the Records Play
State of Love and Trust
After Hours (Velvet Underground)
Given To Fly
Do the Evolution
The New World